REALITY CHECK: ARE GUNS THE NEW TOBACCO?
Written by Charles Ellison on October 9, 2017
Nationally, we’ve pretty much got used to the routine of reaction to mass shootings. Once the shock wears off, we’re grappling with a mix of heartbreak and outrage. Soon after, we’ve launched into a full blown debate over America’s obsession with guns and, naturally, reflexed into a conversation about gun control.
One side of the debate points to massacres like Las Vegas as one reason to have gun control as a prevention tool; the other side pushes back and claims it’s never appropriate or “the right time” to have a politically charged conversation like that so soon after so many deaths. Gun regulation advocates retort, “So, when is a good time?”
That game goes on and on with no laws being passed.
That will, undoubtedly, happen in the wake of Las Vegas’s 59 murdered and more than 500 injured. We shouldn’t anticipate any sort of comprehensive gun control push because we’ve been in this same spot before and the gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, won’t let it happen.